Redmen man up

Like Pablo Picassos Les Demoiselles Davignon, Stars Mark Maslen and Damien Keevers dance around the ball with Goonellabahs Will Marwick and Adam Barnes in the midfield on Saturday night at Weston Park.

Mens premier division

The Football Far North Coast competition ladder became even more condensed after a weekend of upsets, which included Byron Bay posting only its second loss of the season to a fired up Workers Club.

The Redmens Portuguese coach has been lecturing his charges about the value of tight marking and on Saturday they finally did his bidding and snuggled up to their opponents. Consequently they laid on five goals in the first half to leave the competition front runners completely gob-smacked. Workers have always had the personnel to earn a semi-finals spot but their indifferent form has seen them slump to seventh. Perhaps this match could be a turning point? This Saturday they take on Lennox Head, who are in free fall, while Byron play a dispirited Thistles.

Byrons loss was enough to give Maclean the competition lead as the Bobcats completely flayed Thistles 9-1 in the most one-sided match of the season. Striker Izzac McClymont was the destroyer for Maclean, finding the back of the net four times. Kevin Crofton (2), Aaron Bylos (2) and Erris Dufficy all joined him on the scorers sheet as the Bobcats feasted on the Thistle carcass.

Stars climb up the ladder faltered in the gloomy rain soaked conditions of Weston Park on Saturday night as they were outplayed by Goonellabah 1-nil. Despite the loss Stars keeper Trent Battistuzzi shone like the evening star in the darkness, pulling off a host of spectacular saves to keep his side in the contest. In fact it wasnt until the second half that the Hornets finally found the back of the net, when Ben Andrews finished from a Peter ONeil cross. Battistuzzi finished the match by saving a penalty shot in a singular performance which belied the difficulty of the conditions.

The Hornets ascent into the top five will be sorely tested this weekend when they play the white hot Bobcats at fortress Wherritt Park at 3pm. Meanwhile, Stars should get their campaign back on track against lowly Ballina at home at 7pm.

The Lennox Head Sharks season has completely gone pear-shaped. Four rounds ago they were second, now theyre fifth. On Saturday they had to come back from behind to secure a 1-all draw against relegation certainties Casino. This Saturday they will play Workers at home at 7pm in a match which could easily determine both teams semi final hopes. The Sharks debut season is all but at an end. They need to turn it around now.

Although the Bobcats are ruthlessly stalking the minor premiership, Rovers are in hot pursuit, and with giant captain/coach Tim Sheridan finding fitness and form at exactly the right time they could snatch the prize. Sheridans headed goal proved the difference against Ballina on Saturday and he should again be dominant against Casino this weekend.


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